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the cbs evening news is next. >> pelley: a search >> pelley: a search for the motive in the ambush of a veteran deputy at a gas station. the suspect was charged today with capitol murder. also tonight, as the president visits alaska, we'll take you to the portage glacier to show you the dramatic effects of climate change. new questions about the safety of ballparks after a fatal fall. and a dark piece of history leads to a hunt for gold beneath the forests of poland. >> reporter: do you think there's a train down there full of treasure? >> i hope so. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: this is our western edition. the suspect in the cold-blooded murder of a deputy sheriff in texas was taken to court today to hear the charge against him.
tonight, investigators are trying to figure out why he allegedly shot darren goforth over and over with no apparent provocation. goforth was a ten-year veteran, the married father of a 12-year- old daughter and a 5-year-old son. the suspect has a criminal record and a history of mental illness. omar villafranca is following the case. >> reporter: shannon miles made his first court appearance this morning dressed in a jail uniform in shackles. the 30-year-old is charged with capital murder in the friday night execution-style killing of 47-year-old harris county deputy darren goforth at a suburban houston gas station. >> just read probable cause to the judge... >> reporter: district attorney devon anderson described a witness account of goforth being shot 15 times. >> and looked up and saw a black male with a bald head shooting, standing over deputy goforth and unloading a pistol into him. >> reporter: investigators were
able to find miles nearby at his mother's house. detectives say ballistics evidence from the crime scene matched a gun found inside the miles' home. >> we're going to try to figure out the motive, even though we don't have to prove it, under texas law. everybody sure would like to know the motive. >> reporter: since 2005, miles has been convicted of at least five crimes in harris county, ranging from resisting arrest to criminal mischief. in 2012, he was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and spent time in a state mental health facility. the charges were later dropped. >> this rhetoric has gotten out of control. >> reporter: over the weekend, harris county sheriff ron hickman made controversial statements linking the crime to the black lives matter movement. >> we've heard black lives matter. all lives matter. well, cops lives matter, too. so why don't we just drop the qualifying and say lives matter. >> reporter: some have called the statement insensitive. more than a thousand residents of all races came together this weekend to emphasize harmony.
>> this crime is not going to divide us. this crime is going to unite us. >> reporter: an attorney for miles says he will enter a plea of not guilty. scott, the place where goforth was killed has turned into a large memorial and the deputy will be buried on friday. >> pelley: omar villafranca, omar, thanks very much. body cameras may be a vital tool to record evidence in police shootings. mireya villareal tells us that today the los angeles police department became one of the biggest to equip its officers. >> this organization has nothing to hide. >> reporter: by the end of next year, more than 7,000 los angeles police officers will be wearing these body cameras, the latest tool in a 25-year effort to improve community relations. captain phillip tingirides has been with the l.a.p.d since 1980. through rodney king, riots, and several cases of police corruption, he says there has been a struggle to rebuild trust.
>> there is no quick fix to changing culture. we had to change the culture in the community and the police department. those things take time. >> reporter: tingirides says in 2008 his officers began connecting with kids in school but it wasn't easy. >> literally, kids ran away from us screaming, "they're here to arrest us." officers were going every single friday, we were reading in the classes. it completely changed the dynamics of the relationship. >> reporter: iona diggs is an activist that started working with the l.a.p.d. as a community activist 27 years ago when she finally got fed up with the crime on her own street. >> i would come home from work and the drug dealers were sitting on my porch. and i said i've had enough. this is enough. i called l.a.p.d. >> reporter: what did they do differently that changed this neighborhood? >> more patrol, better patrol. they got out and got to know people. i want people to realize that, e you work with the l.a.p.d, we can get stuff done. >> reporter: now, the total cost for the 7,000 cameras is between
$10 million and $11 million and, scott, the public will not have immediate access to the video, which is already drawing transparency concerns from critics. >> pelley: mireya villareal in our los angeles news room this evening. thanks, mireya. today friends and family remembered adam ward, the wdbj cameraman gunned down last week on live tv along with reporter alison parker. the service today was held at ward's former high school outside roanoke, virginia. his father is a counselor there. the funeral is tomorrow. there's no word yet on services for parker. the name of the tallest mountain in north america has been changed with the stroke of the president's pen. the way the story goes, a prospector named the alaskan peak for ohio's william mckinley, after hearing mckinley had won the 1896 g.o.p. presidential nomination. well, now, barack obama has
renamed it denali, to the delight of native alaskans, that's what they've always called it, and to the disappointment of native ohioans, including house speaker ehn boehner. the change came on the eve of mr. obama's visit to alaska today, and bill plante is there. >> reporter: alaska's vast, awe- inspiring natural beauty is the backdrop for president obama's call for action on climate change. secretary of state john kerry set the tone today. >> but what we discuss here today is important not just for the arctic. it is important for the rest of this planet. >> reporter: climate change is impacting fish and wildlife in the arctic. like these walruses, who gathered on land in northwest alaska because the ice they preferred had melted. the president will see evidence of that melting when he tours a glacier like this one called portage. 100 years ago, the portage glacier came all the way here, to the end of this lake. 30 years ago, you could still
see it from here. but now, due in part to a warming earth, it's no longer visible from here. to see the portage glacier today, you have to take a boat ride three miles down the lake. nick racine, the forest service ranger has watched the glacier sink. >> the portion to have the glacier facing the water on the left side is definitely pulling out faster than the side on the right. >> reporter: so you've actually seen this with your own eyes. >> yes, you bet. >> reporter: the president's visit comes at an awkward time. just weeks ago, his administration issued new permits for offshore oil exploration. the president argues that as long as fossil fuel is needed, the u.s. should be as self- sufficient as possible. at a conference here in anchorage, the president is warning the leaders of other arctic nations about melting glaciers, rising sea levels and diminished fish harvests. scott, his goal is to come to an agreement on ways to combat climate change, before another
international conference later this year. >> pelley: senior white house correspondent bill plante in beautiful alaska. bill, thanks. well, we've never seen this before-- three major hurricanes at the same time churning in the pacific. kilo on the left, ignacio and jimena on the right. ignacio is a category 2, it's kicking up surf in hawaii. a hurricane plane in the eye of ignacio found storm clouds surrounding, but all calm in the center. on the east coast, remnants of tropical storm erika pounded south carolina. charleston got 6.5 inches of rain, which set off minor mudslides. a lot of streets were closed so folks brought out their kayaks. another 150 e-mails on hillary clinton's private server contained classified information, according to the state department today.
7,000 pages of e-mails of the former secretary of state will be released tonight, but information now judged to be confidential will be censored retroactively. this raises more questions that are already bedeviling her campaign and here's nancy cordes. >> reporter: a new poll from the des moines register shows democratic support for hillary clinton has shrunk by 20 points since may from 57% to 37%. vermont senator bernie sanders is now hot on her heels at 30%. and vice president joe biden stands at 14%, even though he hasn't decided if he's running. another new iowa poll shows two non-politicians are now dominating the g.o.p. field. neurosurgeon ben carson has pulled even at 23% with businessman donald trump. >> i had an incredible medical career. you know, god blessed me and my wife, and we were planning to sit back and relax. >> reporter: the 63-year-old carson has been quietly climbing in the polls, and is also one of
the few republican candidates who hasn't had to fend off one of trump's trademark attacks. >> jeb's funding is drying up. no, it's drying up. you know why? because he's losing so badly. >> reporter: in fact, carson spends little time attacking anyone. supporters at a recent colorado event said that's why they like him. s he's saying the same things donald trump is saying, but he's a kind, gentle soul. >> reporter: carson's favorability rating in the iowa poll was an eye popping 81%, the highest in the g.o.p. field, but even trump, a once polarizing figure, is now viewed favorably by more than 50% of republican voters in that crucial state, scott. >> pelley: nancy cordes in our washington newsroom. nancy, thank you. today, european leaders called an emergency meeting to solve the worst refugee crisis since world war ii. hundreds of thousands fled war and poverty in the middle east and north africa. they're pouring into europe by
sea and by a new land route from turkey to hungary, which has been overwhelmed by the arrival of so many. charlie d'agata is there. >> reporter: mohammed bazav and his friends walked 12 straight hours today from serbia to finally cross the border with hungary. >> we don't sleep. we don't sleep. look at my eyes. straight. we don't eat. just walking. just walking. >> reporter: like thousands of others, he fled the war in syria in search of a better life in europe, but his fight to reach germany almost ended here. this is hungary's solution to the flood of refugees pouring in, a 13-foot fence topped with razor wire, running about 115 miles along its border with serbia. the hungarian government has been racing to finish this fence by the end of the month and they've just about done it. this is what refugees are facing on the serbian side of the
border, and the message couldn't be clearer. all the refugees we found crowding on the serbian side are desperate to get across before it's too late. hungary also plans to set up holding camps and to crack down on those it claims are crossing we border illegally. today, hungarian police were handing out water and sandwiches to the migrants. but those who accepted the offer were not allowed to leave. fearing it was the first step to being deported, some broke out and bolted towards serbia. those with children had little choice but to be taken to a makeshift camp and apply for asylum in hungary, where hardly anyone wants to stay. we weren't allowed to speak with them. faced with that uncertainty, mohammed and his friends decided not to trust the police. >> we all say no. we all say no. >> reporter: no. you came through so many countries and you're not going to lose now.
they headed off through the corn fields, before another escape route was closed. they may have reached europe, but they're still on the run. now some of the migrants are spending the night here, scott, but it is a confusing situation. hundreds of other migrants were allowed to board trains to germany today. european ministers are calling for emergency talks, but in two weeks. >> pelley: charlie d'agata on the refugee crisis at the border of serbia and hungary. charlie, thank you. a fan's deadly plunge has people questioning the safety of ballparks. and we'll remember wes craven, whose movies scared the heck out of us, when the "cbs evening news" continues. the "cbs evening news" continues.
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mark strassmann is looking into fan safety. >> someone just fell over the upper deck right below us. oh, my gosh! >> reporter: in the seventh inning on saturday, gregg murrey somehow lost his balance. the 60-year-old season ticket holder fell at least 40 feet to his death. donnie marley sat behind murrey. >> the rail is low at that level if you are a decent height and he just i mean literally for lack of better words, like superman, he had both of his hands out in front and his feet were straight up behind him and he went completely over the girls in front of him and completely over the rail. >> reporter: but foul balls are the bigger threat. >> fans in the area calling for help. >> reporter: every year, batted balls strike an average of 1,750 fans. one hit a woman in a head chicier this month at chicago's wrigley field. in june, a fan in boston was critically wounded by a flying broken bat. major league baseball commissioner rob manfred:
>> this is a topic that is of serious concern not only to me, but you know, more importantly to all 30 owners. >> reporter: every ballpark's safety design is tied to local building codes which vary, but at all of them, the protective netting behind home plate stops before the dugouts, leaving fans exposed. >> you want, obviously, safety, but i don't know if having nets up around the whole place is going to do it. obviously, it will make it a little more safer, but it will take a lot away from the game. >> reporter: the back of every ticket warns fans about the risks, but scott, major league baseball, which is now under growing pressure, says it will propose any needed safety changes after this season ends. >> pelley: mark strassmann, thanks. today, a judge in new york said that he will rule this week on tom brady's appeal of the four- game suspension for deflategate. courtroom artist jane rosenberg drew a lot of criticism after the last hearing for this sketch of brady. she admitted it didn't do him justice. her verdict on today's sketch: not so great.
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>> pelley: wes craven once said >> pelley: wes craven once said horror films don't create fear, they release it. craven, who died yesterday of brain cancer, released plenty of it. craven introduced us in 1984 to freddy krueger, a vengeful monster who attacked teenagers in their dreams. >> this is god. >> pelley: "a nightmare on elm street" was inspired by the cemetery next to craven's childhood home in ohio. >> come to freddy. >> pelley: in 1997, charlie rose asked craven about the secret of scaring an audience. >> reporter: what do you have to do to make a horror film? >> you have to know what people are really afraid of and you have to go into those forbidden
areas. and so you're off the box, it will be making a film that is upsetting to adults and to the establishment. >> pelley: the "nightmare" series earned more than half a billion dollars at the box office. as did craven's other franchise, the "scream" movies. wes craven was 76. two other passings of note, both best-selling authors. oliver sacks was a neurologist. "awakenings" was his story of helping patients who'd spent years in a catatonic state. robin williams played him in the movie. sacks died of cancer at 82. psychologist wayne dyer was a self-help guru whose books include "your erroneous zones." his lectures were a fixture on pbs. dyer died of leukemia at 75. treasure hunters think they've located a fortune missing since world war ii and that's next. since
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we asked. and found surprisg answers. next weather talent appears at wx center with generic pinpoint filling monitor then we take special >> pelley: finally tonight, >> pelley: finally tonight, two men-- a german and a pol-- have set off something of a gold rush in the woods of poland. they claim they've discovered a nazi train loaded with treasure in the closing days of world war ii. here's elizabeth palmer. >> reporter: right out of a fairy tale, ksiaz castle sits on top of the perfect hiding place: a network of reinforced tunnels built by the nazis. locals have known about these tunnels since the second world war, but they haven't yet been thoroughly explored because it's just too expensive. which of course leaves the people wondering whether there are still big secrets hidden in the rocks. "it is possible," says our guide macies meissner.
do you think there is a train down there full of treasure? >> i hope so. >> reporter: back in 1944 with the russian army advancing through poland, local lore says the nazis loaded up a train with gold and drove it into a mountain, then they literally covered their tracks. today on the main line railway, kilometer 65 is famous as the place a long-dead witness claimed the train disappeared. has a hidden tunnel finally been found in the wooded bank? the two treasure hunters weren't talking. so we asked their lawyer about the discovery. what is it? "it's an armored train 400 feet long," jaroslav chmielewsky told me. though he hasn't actually seen it and in fact, no one has. though poland's deputy culture minister told reporters he has seen radar images and he's convinced. but around here, practically
every town has its own myth of buried treasure. joanna lamparska is a local historian. what did you think? what was your reaction? >> i thought it's garbage. >> reporter: garbage? >> yeah, that's what i thought. it's a fake, perhaps. >> reporter: because you've heard it before? >> yeah, i've heard it many times before. >> reporter: and experience has shown her that underground imaging is often fuzzy and hard to read. >> you may be very easy mistaken when you look at these pictures. >> reporter: only careful excavation will reveal the truth about this most recent claim. but even if no gold is found here this time, there's still a mystery to keep the treasure hunters coming back. elizabeth palmer, cbs news, poland. >> pelley: and that's the "cbs evening news" tonight. for all of us at cbs news around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
access.wgbh.org why levi's stadium could beo blame for the holdup. new at 6:00, years of construction delays on a south bay hospital. why levi's stadium could be the blame for the holdup. >> only on 5, the bay area weighs in as the federal court is asked to decide. >> millions of immigrants sent back to their home countries if donald trump has his way. how realistic is the plan? tonight we can tell you how much it might cost. good evening. i'm veronica de la cruz. >> i'm ken bastida. santa clara county has had enough of a contractor that has been working on a hospital expansion project for years. those delays and costs are mounting. why the county is partially blaming delays on the new levi's stadium. >> we're talking about the same
contractor, the contractor working here at valley medical center is also the contractor that built levi's stadium. the county says there is a connection. now the county says it may dump its contractor. >> reporter: workers for turner construction continue to build valley medical center's new hospital wing, but by this time next week, they could all be fired. >> we're prepared to just lock them out of the project. >> reporter: sources say the county has been inching toward the so-called nuclear option for years. the county hired turner construction shortly after voters approved a $300 million hospital renovation in 2008. but delays pushed the project back from a 2013 completion to 2016. now it's backed up to 2017. even more surprising, the delays may be tied to the building of levi's stadium. >> the minute that the levi's stadium project offered an incentive for early completion, turner who is